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EclipseLink/FAQ/General

What is EclipseLink?

Eclipse Persistence Services Project (EclipseLink) is a comprehensive persistence framework delivering a set of persistence services based around leading standards with advanced extensions. Consumers can use EclipseLink within Java EE, SE, and soon OSGi/Equinox environments.

The original source contribution for EclipseLink came from Oracle Corporation's TopLink product.

See Introduction to EclipseLink in the EclipseLink User's Guide for more information.

How is EclipseLink Licensed?

The Eclipse Persistence Services (EclipseLink) project is being developed and distributed* under the Eclipse Public License.

* The project is currently in its incubation phase so no formal releases are available. Just incubation milestone builds.

When is the next release of EclipseLink planned?

At present the Eclipse Persistence Services (EclipseLink) project is an incubating project at Eclipse. It is producing monthly milestone as well as nightly builds which can be downloaded here. For more information on the release schedule please refer to the project summary page or the road map.

What is the relationship between EclipseLink and the Oracle TopLink product?

EclipseLink was initiated based on the contribution of Oracle TopLink (Oracle FAQ for TopLink contribution).

What are the components of EclipseLink?

The EclipseLink project is broken down into several components based on persistence services provided as well an a structure to organize development and produce functional OSGi/Equinox bundles.

Where can I download EclipseLink?

At present EclipseLink can only be downloaded directly from the Eclipse project's website:

http://www.eclipse.org/eclipselink/downloads/index.php

How do I get started using EclipseLink?

Where can I find documentation on EclipseLink?

The complete EclipseLink User Guide is available on this wiki at EclipseLink/UserGuide.

If you encounter any problems using the User Guide please file a bug against the Documentation component.

Where can I find examples of how to use EclipseLink?

The EclipseLink development team continually works on providing a comprehensive set of examples and how-to's for each of its persistence services that will assist customers in the quick adoption of this project. The examples are hosted on this wiki here.